Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, but has since returned a negative test.
Reports said that Klich was not showing any symptoms of the virus but wouldn’t have been able to face either Bulgaria or England where he would have faced-off against teammate Kalvin Phillips in midfield. However, it now looks as if he will be able to play in these games after all.
Polish FA says Mateusz Klich has tested positive for Covid. No symptoms but will not travel to their World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Poland. https://t.co/6O03a49Kfz— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 24, 2021
The news from Poland is that Klich's latest Covid test has now come back negativehttps://t.co/Ui2rkGqBlJ— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 24, 2021
Klich has been struggling with his fitness recently outside of anything COVID related and commented on his fitness in an interview with the Polish press saying:
“Minor ones (injuries) started to happen to me. From overload, from intensity. My joints don’t hurt yet, I’m only 30, but something hurts.“
"Minor ones (injuries) started to happen to me. From overload, from intensity. My joints don’t hurt yet, I’m only 30, but something hurts.— James Marshment (@marshyleeds) March 23, 2021
“At the club, we train very hard between meetings, it’s hard to regain freshness." - Mateusz Klich on his loss of form (via Sportowe Fakty)
It is more than likely that this has come from the demands of the Leeds coaching staff with Klich being the most consistent fixture to Bielsa’s team for two years. Now, Klich has been getting rested and his dip in form seems to come from a difficulty with fitness.